(2009) Rosie O'Donnell, Philip Johnson, Ruby Dee. Story of a young biracial boy helped through the emotional roller-coaster of the foster care system by a caring therapist. A Lifetime Original Movie. Extras: "Rosie O'Donnell's Vision: The Making of America." (Sony).
Barney: Halloween Party
(2009) Feature-length Barney Halloween special; not aired on TV; $14.98. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
Ben 10 Alien Force V4
(2009) Five episodes of the popular Cartoon Network series, $14.98. (Warner).
Bring It On: Fight to the Finish
(2008) Christina Milian, Rachele Brooke Smith, Cody Longo, Holland Roden, Nikki SooHoo, Meagan Holder, Vanessa Born, Gabrielle Dennis. In this latest installment in the franchise, East Los Angeles high school cheer squad captain Lina Cruz (Christina Milian) and her best friends Gloria (Vanessa Born) and Treyvonetta (Gabrielle Dennis) have high hopes of winning the Spirit Championships with the team's fiery fusion of Latin and hip-hop moves. Instead, Lina's world is turned upside down when her mother remarries and her family relocates to Malibu where she is forced to adjust to a new home, a new stepsister (Holland Roden) and a new school with a less-than-stellar cheer squad. Extras: Deleted scenes; "Practice Round" choreography featurette; "Back Stage Pass" behind-the-scenes featurette; "On Set With Christina Milian" interactive video diary. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
Brothers & Sisters: The Complete Third Season
(2008-09) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $59.99. (Disney).
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: The Ninth Season
(2008-09) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $98.18. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount).
Desperate Housewives: The Complete Fifth Season
(2008-09) Seven-disc set with 24 episodes, $59.99. (Disney).
Devotion: An Unauthorized Tribute to Michael Jackson
(2009) Biography featuring interviews with family, friends, celebrities and music industry insiders, $19.98. Extras: Four featurettes: "The Memorial," "Media" (a look at the life-long bombardment of press coverage), "Global Phenomenon" and "Charity" (which explores Jackson's philanthropic work and donations to 39 charities). (Infinity Entertainment).
Doctor Who: Ep. 88 -- The Deadly Assassin/Font
The Doctor and the Master match wits and wills in the ultimate showdown on their home planet; four episodes, $24.98. Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes, interviews, photo gallery, production notes. (BBC/Warner).
Doctor Who: Ep. 94 -- Image of the Fendahl
The Doctor and Leela discover a horrible truth behind the Fendahl, a legendary creature the Doctor knows only from Gallifreyan fairy tales. $24.98. Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes, interviews, photo gallery, production notes. (BBC/Warner).
Doctor Who: Ep.150 -- Delta and the Bannermen
With high hopes, the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Mel (Bonnie Langford) embark on an intergalactic tour bus for a prize trip to Disneyland, 1959. Their luck begins to change when the ship collides with an early satellite and everyone winds up in a Welsh holiday camp. Includes guest cameos by veteran variety performers such as England's Ken Dodd and$24.98. Extras: Commentary, interviews, photo gallery, production notes. (BBC/Warner).
Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas
(2009) Antonio Sabato Jr., John Diehl, Kostas Sommer, Kelly Curran. Dramatization of the murder spree of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, who confessed to more than 350 murders. Extras: Commentary, stills gallery. (Barnholtz Entertainment/Lionsgate).
(2009) Three-part documentary narrated by James Earl Jones is the inaugural release from Disneynature. In the Arctic, a mother polar bear trailed by her two cubs searches for food as their icy hunting grounds melt away. A herd of African elephants slowly traverses the arid Kalahari Desert toward the water-rich Okavango Delta. A humpback whale and her calf make a 4,000-mile journey in an epic migration that takes them from tropical waters all the way to Antarctica. Available in a single-disc DVD or two-disc Blu-ray Hi-Def/DVD Combo Pack.Extras: "Earth Diaries," "Filmmaker's Annotations" in-movie experience with pop up facts. (Disneynature).
The Game: The First Season
(2006-07) Three-disc set with 21 episodes, $39.99. Extras: Pilot: "The Game, which was shown as "Girlfriends Episode #137," commentary, "The Offseason: Interview With Mara Brock Akil." (Paramount).
Heroes: Season 3
(2008-09) Six-disc set with 25 episodes, $59.98. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.Extras: Deleted scenes; alternate stories: Heroes: Going Postal and Nowhere Man, Pinehearst Commercial; "The Superpowers of Heroes" stunt featurette; "Completing the Scene" visual style featurette; "The Prop Box" introduction to the "Gold Room" where all the props used for "Heroes" are stored, showing relics from the first season to the present; Tim Sale Gallery of Screen Art"; Genetics of a Scene" production featurette; "Exploring Clarie's Mind"; "Speedster Steals the Formula"; "Throwing Thoughts," a quick look at the shooting style used to create a specific scene from Episode 322; "Lights, Camera, Beeman" featurette; "The Writers' Forum"; commentaries. Blu-ray extras add: Picture-in-Picture commentaries; alternate stories: Heroes: The Recruit; "Heroes Connections" bios & character profiles; "U-Control" feature that allows viewers to delve into the making of the film with the click of the remote without leaving the movie; BD-Live; "Building Coyote Sands" segment revealing the complete building and shooting of the Coyote Sands Internment camp featured in Episode 321 "1961." (Universal).
HIT Favorites: Trick or Treat Tales
Five Halloween themed episodes from "Thomas & Friends," "Barney & Friends," "Bob the Builder," "Fifi and the Flowertots" and "Angelina Ballerina," $14.98. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
(2009) David James Elliott, Natasha Henstridge, James Cromwell, Steven Culp. ABC miniseries about a rogue asteroid that collides with the moon, causing a huge explosion and sending moon fragments catapulting to the Earth. Extras: "Making of Impact" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Creating Zero Gravity" featurette, deleted scenes. (Sony).
Nitro Circus: Season One
(2009) Two-disc set with 12 episodes of the MTV show that highlights stunt-fueled craziness and poor judgment, $26.99. Extras: Bonus footage, interviews, outtakes, more. (Paramount).
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie Limited
Edition DVD Gift Set
(2005) Sequel to the theatrical movie "Pooh's Heffalump Movie." Boxed set includes a Beanz plush toy: Pooh dressed as Tigger. Extras: Games, "Heffalump Halloween Party Planner" with printable party invitations,
Halloween-themed recipes, and a "Decorate Your Own Jaggedy Lantern" featurette; $29.99. (Disney).
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Complete Series Two
(2005) A second helping of the original U.K. series that launched Britain's most celebrated and colorful chef to international notoriety. Three-volume set includes 10 episodes: the eight episodes that comprise the second U.K. series and the two related "Kitchen Nightmares Revisited" episodes. $29.99. (Acorn Media).
Rescue Me: Season Five, Volume One
(2009) Three-disc set with first 11 episodes of the fifth season, $49.95. Extras: Blooper reel, deleted scenes, featurettes: "Walking Through Fire: Surviving Season Five" and "Danny Does Danger: The Stunts of Rescue Me." (Sony).
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, Set 1
Sherlock Holmes was not the only detective in Victorian London and this classic British mystery series features top-notch adaptations of detective stories from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's contemporaries. Seen on public television in the 1970s. Four-disc set with 13 mysteries, $59.99. (Acorn Media).
Rob Byrdek's Fantasy Factory: Season One
(2009) Two-disc set with 10 episodes of the MTV extreme sports series, $26.99. Extras:
Scooby-Doo Where Are You!: Volume 3
Single-disc with four episodes, No. 9-12: "The Backstage Rage," "Bedlam in the Bigtop," "A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts" and "Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too." $14.97. (Warner).
Shaun the Sheep: Little Sheep of Horrors
Six animated adventures that mix the spooky, the kooky and the funny: "Little Sheep of Horrors," "Abracadabra," "Things That Go Bump," "Heavy Metal Shaun," "Troublesome Tractor" and "Sheepwalking," $14.98. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
State of Play
(2009) Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels, Helen Mirren. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
(2009) Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino, Andre Holland. Extras: Making Sugar: Run the Bases
"Play Beisbol! The Dominican Dream" including interviews with MLB players David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez and Sammy Sosa; "Casting Sugar: Interview With Algenis Perez Soto," deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Supernatural: The Complete Fourth Season
(2008-09) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.98. Extras: "The Mythologies of Supernatural: From Heaven to Hell" featurette, commentary on three key episodes by executive producers and writers, Extended/unaired scenes, gag reel. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Sci-Fi
Two-disc set with "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Soylent Green," "Forbidden Planet" and "The Time Machine" (1960); $27.92. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Murder Mysteries
Two-disc set with "The Maltese Falcon," "The Big Sleep," "Dial M for Murder" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice," $27.92. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Horror Films
Two-disc set with "House of Wax," "The Haunting" (1963), "Freaks" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1941), $27.92. (Warner).
Two and a Half Men: The Complete Sixth Season
(2008-09) Four-disc set with 24 episodes, $44.96. Extras: "Growing Up Harper" featurette, "The Women of Two and a Half Men" featurette, gag reel. (Warner).
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Alvin and the Chipmunks Go to the Movies: Star Wreck
(2009) Alvin stars as Captain Dirk, commander of the S.S. Boobyprize; Simon is Mr. Speck, and Brittany is Uhaha. Together, they must rescue fellow crewmember Dr. McRoy (Theodore) after he gets abducted by a weird extraterrestrial family in this animated spoof, $16.99. (Paramount).
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Very First Alvin Show
(1961) The very first broadcast show of the classic Chipmunk series from 1961 that started it all, $16.99. (Paramount).
Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Enchanted Musical Edition
(1971) Fully restored and remastered tale about an apprentice witch (Angela Lansbury), three kids and a cynical con man (David Tomlinson) and their search for the missing component to a magic spell useful to the defense of Britain during World War II. Extras: "The Wizards of Special Effects" featurette, "Music Magic: The Sherman Brothers" featurette takes a look behind the scenes from a musical point of view, Deleted song "A Step in the Right Direction," "Portobello Road Recording Session" rare clip of David Tomlinson's recording of the song "Portobello Road." (Disney).
Crank 2: High Voltage
(2009) Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Corey Haim, Bai Ling, Dwight Yoakam, Efren Ramirez, Clifton Collins Jr., Reno Wilson, Simone Bargetze, Danna Hansen.
Available as a standard DVD, two-disc special edition, and Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).
Criminal Minds: The Fourth Season
(2008-09) Seven-disc set with 25 episodes, $55.98. (Paramount).
(2009) Keenen Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Damien Dante Wayans. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount)
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams
(2007) Two-disc special edition of the direct-to-video release featuring two animated stories and music with Jasmine from "Aladdin" and Aurora from" Sleeping Beauty." Extras: Exclusive footage of Disney's newest princess from "Princess and the Frog," two music videos featuring Cinderella and Mulan, "Aurora Dress-Up" game, "Find Sahara" game, "You'll Never Lose This Love" music video featuring Belle from "Beauty and the Beast." ($29.99). (Disney).
(2009) First in a series of DVD releases of major films on the great thinkers of the modern era. This two-disc special edition contains two critically acclaimed feature documentaries on Edward Said (1935-2003), one of the leading literary critics and political and cultural commentators of the latter part of the 20th century. Borrowing its title from the author's 2000 memoir, "Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said" is a biography of Said filmed in Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, and the U.S., tracing Said's childhood influences and celebrating his intellectual legacy. "Edward Said: The Last Interview" is an extended and wide-ranging discussion with Said himself, filmed less than a year before his death from leukemia, in which he speaks at length about his illness, his work, Palestine and politics, his life and education, and his continuing cultural and political preoccupations. $34.98. Extras: 16-page booklet. (Icarus Films Home Video).
Friday Director's Cut
(1995) Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long. Extras: Featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (New Line).
Fringe: The Complete First Season
(2008-09) Single disc with 20 episodes, $59.98. Extras: "Deciphering the Scenes: Behind-the-Episodes Moments," "Evolution: The Genesis of Fringe," casting featurette, gag reel, unaired scenes, special effects featurette, science featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
(2009) Cuba Gooding Jr., Kimberly Elise, Aunjanue Ellis, Gus Hoffman, Jaishon Fisher, Maestro Harrel. TNT Original Movie is an inspirational story based on Dr. Ben Carson's amazing journey from a rough childhood to a world-renowned neurosurgeon. Extras: "Behind the Scenes of Gifted Hands" featurette, "Triumph and Inspiration: The Journey of Dr. Ben Carson" featurette. (Sony).
(1991) Dir.: David Mamet; Joe Mantegna, William H. Macy, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ving Rhames. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by editor Barbara Tulliver and approved by the director. In David Mamet's cinema, nothing is as it seems, so you better know what you're looking for. Unfortunately, the protagonist of Mamet's nightmarish urban odyssey "Homicide," inner-city police detective Bobby Gold (Joe Mantegna), is as bewildered about who he is as who (or what) he's after. Gold's investigation, following the murder of an elderly Jewish candy-shop owner, leads him down a path of obscure encounters and clues, as well as profound reckoning with his own self and identity. Filled with Mamet's trademark verbal play and featuring standout supporting performances from William H. Macy, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Pidgeon, "Homicide" is a taut, rich work from a true American original. Extras: Commentary by writer-director David Mamet and actor William H. Macy; video program featuring interviews with recurring Mamet actors Steven Goldstein, Ricky Jay, J. J. Johnston, Joe Mantegna and Jack Wallace; gag reel and TV spots; booklet featuring an essay by critic Stuart Klawans. (The Criterion Collection).
The Human Condition
(1959-61 )Dir.: Masaki Kobayashi; Tatsuya Nakadai. Four-disc special edition with a new, restored high-definition digital transfer. Masaki Kobayashi's mammoth humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three parts, the nine-and-a-half-hour "Ningen no joken," adapted from Junpei Gomikawa's six-volume novel, tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji (Tatsuya Nakadai) from labor camp supervisor to Imperial Army soldier to Soviet POW. Constantly trying to rise above a corrupt system, Kaji time and again finds his morals an impediment rather than an advantage. A raw indictment of his nation's wartime mentality as well as a personal existential tragedy, Kobayashi's riveting, gorgeously filmed epic is novelistic cinema at its best. Extras: Excerpt from a rare Directors Guild of Japan video interview with director Masaki Kobayashi, conducted by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda ("Double Suicide"); video interview with actor Tatsuya Nakadai; video appreciation of Kobayashi and "The Human Condition" featuring Shinoda; booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp. (The Criterion Collection).
If the World Were a Village
(2009) Based on the best-selling and award-winning book, this animated story delivers an important message using a magical metaphor: what if the world with six billion people were a village of just 100 people? In this village 22 people speak a Chinese dialect (and nine speak English), 20 earn less than a dollar a day, 32 are of Christian faith, 39 are under 19 years old.
By exploring the lives of these 100 villagers, children discover that life in other nations is often very different from their own. $29.95. (Master Communications).
Important Things With Demetri Martin: Season One
(2009) Single disc with seven episodes of the stream-of-consciousness sketch and variety show from comedian Demetri Martin; $19.99. Extras: Commentary, "Brain Injuries," "Parking Wars Outtakes," "Basketball 1 & Basketball 2," "Cult Leader in Love," "Killing Someone With Kindness," "Killing Time in the Studio," "Dinner With Heroes Outtakes," "A Tiny Guy Helps Find a Contact Lens," "A Yellow Belt Breaks an Awkward Silence," "Safety Dummy." (Paramount).
Little Einsteins: Fire Truck Rocket's Blastoff
(2009) The Little Einsteins set out on four rescue missions that take place in all corners of the world. Originally created as a television series specifically for preschoolers in 2005, Disney's "Little Einsteins" was developed with child development experts and musicians to educate pre-schoolers. In "Fire Truck Rocket," the Einsteins rush to rescue an adorable monkey from an erupting volcano on the tropical island of Java; in "Melody the Music Pet" the Little Einsteins are in France, helping a cuddly creature find a lost train ticket; in "Carmine's Big Race," the Little Einsteins are in Monaco at a grand prix to
cheer for Quincy's friend Carmine the music car; the team explores the Patagonia
region of South America in "Mr. Penguin's Ice Cream Adventure." $19.99.
(2008) John Still, Christian Walker, Jeanette Comans. Torture film has a group of college students imprisoned and tormented by a crazed horse trainer in an isolated barn before he auctions them on the white slavery market. Extras: "The View From the Crate: The Making of Live Animals," deleted scenes. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
Martini Movies: Wave 3
Five newly-restored and remastered films incorporating the themes of the late 60s and early 70s, an era of free-love, anti-conformity and counter-culture politics. Never-before-available on DVD, the films include: "Model Shop" (1969), "The Buttercup Chain" (1970), "The Pursuit of Happiness" (1971), "Summertree" (1971) and "Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing" (1973). $19.94 each. For more information on these Wave 3 releases, click here. (Sony).
Menace II Society Director's Cut
(1993) Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett. Extras: Featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (New Line).
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland
(2009) Mickey, Donald and the Clubhouse gang enter Alice's Wonderland in this new animated tale featuring characters from the Disney Channel pre-school series; $26.99. Extras: Bonus episode: "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Goofy Goes Goofy." (Disney).
(2009) William Forsythe, Tony Danza, Dayanara Torres, Tony Luke Jr., Billy Gallo. An out-of-shape boxer, let out of prison after serving eight years for an unfortunate accident, gets a shot at redemption by fighting for a young boy's future. Extras: Tony Luke's cheesecake promo, "And We Call Them Coach" slideshow. (MTI Home Video).
(2009) Adolph Cortez, Elissa Dowling, Jeff Dylan Graham. Dramatization of the murder and assault spree of "The Night Stalker" -- Richard Munoz Ramirez -- who terrified Los Angeles in 1984/1985. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Barnholtz Entertainment/North American Motion Pictures).
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: The Complete First Season
(2008) Three-disc set with seven episodes, $59.99. Extras: Featurettes, interviews. (HBO Home Entertainment).
The Office: Season Five
(2008) Five-disc set with 26 episodes, $59.98. Extras: Commentary with cast and crew, deleted scenes, gag reel, four webisodes, "Office" promos. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
Parks and Recreation: Season 1
(2009) Single disc with six episodes, $29.98. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, commentary. (Universal).
Set It Off Director's Cut
(1996) Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise. Extras: Featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (New Line).
That Hamilton Woman
(1941) Dir: Alexander Korda; Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: Commentary by film historian Ian Christie; video interview with author and editor Michael Korda, Alexander's nephew, who discusses growing up in the Korda family and the making of "That Hamilton Woman"; "Alexander Korda Presents," a 1942 promotional radio piece for the film; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Molly Haskell. (The Criterion Collection).
Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails The Movie
(2009) Thomas' first-ever CGI-animated movie. Thomas discovers an abandoned and broken down engine from a far away land and enlists help from his friends to save the engine before he's relegated to the scrap heap. Extras: Thomas and Spencer racing game, "Guess Which Train" game, "Thomas and Friends Bedroom makeover." $14.98. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
Valentino: The Last Emperor
(2009) Documentary on fashion kingpin Valentino. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Phase 4 Films).
Worst Week: The Complete Series
(2008) Two-disc set with 16 episodes, $29.98. Extras: Pilot commentary. (Universal).
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The Adventures of Werner Holt
(1965 -- Germany) Two 17 year-olds, Werner and his best friend Gilbert, are pulled out of school and into Hitler's army. While Gilbert becomes a fanatical soldier, Werner begins to understand the senselessness of war. A political and artistic masterpiece, the film was voted one of the 100 most important German films of all time. $24.95. (First Run Features).
Affairs of the Heart, Series Two
(1975) Classic British Henry James anthology series, including such favorites as "An International Episode" and "Daisy Miller," featuring such stars as Derek Jacobi, Eileen Atkins, Sinead Cusack, Edward Hardwicke, Cheryl Campbell and Christopher Cazenove; six episodes in two volumes, $39.99. (Acorn Media).
An American Werewolf in London Full Moon Edition
(1981) Dir.: John Landis; David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter. Extras: Featurettes: "I Walked With a Werewolf," "Beware the Moon," "Making An American Werewolf in London"; interview with John Landis; make-up artist Rick Baker on "An American Werewolf in London"; "Casting of the Hand" featurette; outtakes; storyboards; photo montage; commentary with cast members David Naughton and Griffin Dunne. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
Animal Armageddon, Target: Earth
(2009) With the aid of cutting edge research, the latest scientific theories, and CGI technology, prehistoric animals are brought back to life in this intriguing mini-series that provides an intimate look at some of the most horrific disasters ever to rock the planet. These disasters forced species to either evolve or die out, eventually bringing human life to where it is today. Deadly cosmic gamma rays, volcanic explosions, tsunamis, earthquakes and a gigantic asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs are just a few of the natural events that caused unparalleled devastation. Throughout the 600-million-year history of animal existence, most of all animal life that has ever lived is now extinct. Four episodes, $14.95. (Animal Planet/Genius Products).
Army of Darkness Screwhead Edition
(1992) Dir.: Sam Raimi; Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie. Extras: "Creating the Deadites," alternate ending. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
Astro Boy: The Anime Series, Volumes 1-5
The anime series based on the legendary Japanese comic series by Osamu Tezuka, known as the Japanese Walt Disney, is now available in five separate volumes just in time for the new feature film due October 23. "Astro Boy" follows an atomic-powered robot who is a reluctant superhero possessing super strength, jet-rocket feet and the ability to fly. Inspired by the anime series that originally aired in Japan in 1960, "Astro Boy: The Anime Series" was updated and modernized in 2003 with state-of-the-art animation and visuals that kept the same classic style as the original "Astro Boy" manga and anime, and debuted on the Kids WB Network in 2004. Each volume, sold separately, contains 10 episodes; $14.94. (Sony).
The Axe of Wandsbek
(1951 -- Germany) Germany 1934: the Nazis need a hangman to put a group of political prisoners to death. Teetjen, the town butcher, makes the biggest mistake of his life: facing bankruptcy, he agrees to do the dirty deed. Adapted from the novel by German-Jewish author Arnold Zweig, this important classic was directed by Falk Harnack, a former anti-Nazi resistance fighter. $24.95. (First Run Features).
Barbie and the Three Musketeers
(2009) Barbie plays Corinne, a young country girl headed to Paris to pursue her big dream -- to become a female musketeer. Animated feature. Extras: Bloopers, music videos. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
Barney: Jungle Friends
(2009) Rain forest discoveries and animal fun with Barney and friends. Includes a free music CD. Extras: "Barney's Animated Safari Match Game," Earth-friendly fun activities. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
The Beiderbecke Tapes
Second outing of tongue-in-cheek British mystery series about a pair of sleauthing schoolteachers -- one a jazz fan -- set to a soundtrack in the style of 1920s jazz great Bix Beiderbecke. Two episodes of the 1990s series, $39.99. (Acorn Media).
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season
(2008-09) Four-disc set with 23 episodes, $44.98. Extras: "Physicist to the Stars": Real-life physicist/UCLA professor David Saltzberg's consulting relationship to the show; "Testing the Infinite Hilarity Hypothesis in Relation to the Big Bang Theory: Season Two's Unique Characters and Characteristics"; gag reel. (Warner).
Bionicle: The Legend Reborn
(2009) Bionicle heroes come to life in this direct-to-video feature. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes. (Universal).
Blood and Bone
(2009) Michael Jai White, Michelle Belegrin, Julian Sands, Eamonn Walker, Ron Yuan, Dante Basco. Post-modern Samurai movie has ex-con Isaiah Bone (Michael Jai White) fighting for justice and his life in the dangerous underground world of gangster-controlled Mixed Martial Arts combats. Extras: "Breaking the Mold" Behind-the-Scenes Featurette, commentary by director Ben Ramsey, DP Roy Wagner, and actors Michael Jai White, Michelle Belegrin and Dante Basco. (Sony).
Bonanza: The Official First Season, Volume One
(1959) Four-disc set, $39.98.(Paramount).
Bonanza: The Official First Season, Volume Two
(1959) Four-disc set, $39.98.(Paramount).
(2007) James Franco, Sienna Miller, David Carradine, Ed Lauter, Scott Glenn. Camille, the sweetest girl in all of Kentucky, just married the only man she has ever loved, Silas, a bad boy with a sordid past -- but Silas could care less about Camille and is hoping to use their "fantasy" honeymoon as a way to escape parole and flee to Canada. But an accident along the way changes everything -- Camille pulls herself from the wreckage and seems unscathed, but soon Silas discovers that perhaps she didn't survive the accident after all. Something magical is happening, and Camille won't let anything stand in the way of their life together ... not even her own mortality. Though the film has flashes of ingenuity (and offers fine acting turns by Miller and Franco), the at-times sentimental (and sluggish) script and buffoonish characterizations drags it down into the mundane. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (National Entertainment Media).
Crash: The Complete First Season
(2008-09) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $59.97. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.Extras:" Behind the Scenes of Crash" featurette, Episode 13 alternate ending, character bios, Season 2 promo; Blu-ray adds "Character Track," a feature that allows viewers to pick from selected characters and watch that particular story arc exclusively. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
CSI: Miami: The Seventh Season
(2008-09) Six-disc set with 25 episodes, $71.41. (Paramount).
Dark Shadows: The Vampire Curse
Select episodes from the 1966-71 TV series, $19.98. (MPI Home Video).
Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood
Select episodes from the 1966-71 TV series, focusing on the handsome ghost Quentin Collins, $19.98. (MPI Home Video).
(2008) Shiloh Fernandez, Noah Segan. Teen horror thriller thought to be too controversial to release but nevertheless went on to shock audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival and at midnight screenings. Available in two versions: the original R-rated cut and the unrated Director's Cut. High school misfits Rickie and JT cut school and go wandering in the decaying remains of a nearby abandoned mental hospital, where they make a gruesome discovery: a young woman stripped naked and chained to a table, a plastic bag over her head. She seems dead, until one of the boys touches her and she moves. Rickie wants to call the police, but JT stops him -- he has more demented plans in mind for the helpless girl. Director's Cut Extras: "Making Of" documentary, cast and crew commentary, make-up effects featurette, stills gallery. (Dark Sky Films).
Directed by John Ford
(2009) In 1971 Peter Bogdanovich made a fascinating documentary about legendary John Ford in which Henry Fonda, James Stewart and John Wayne revealed first-hand tales about the man often cited as America's greatest, most influential filmmaker. Thirty-five years later there were more stories to tell -- by, among others, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Katharine Hepburn. Bogdanovich wove these new interviews into a re-edited, restructured documentary offering a more personal vision of the man and his work. Packed with clips, anecdotes and insights. $19.97. (Warner).
(2009) Dir.: Stephan Elliot; Stars: Jessica Biel, Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth, Ben Barnes, Kimberley Nixon, Katherine Parkinson.
Extras: Deleted scenes, blooper reel, commentary by director Stephen Elliot and writer Sheridan Jobbins. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Essential Art House: Volume Four
Three DVD debuts: Marcel Carne's dark masterwork "Le jour se leve" (1939), starring Jean Gabin; Rene Clement's "Emile Zola" adaptation "Gervaise" (1956); and Anatole Litvak's tragic romance "Mayerling" (1936), starring Charles Boyer; plus Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" (1935); Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's "The Tales of Hoffmann" (1951) and Akira Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" (1957). Each title features a beautiful digital transfer and informative liner notes. Available individually at $19.95 each or in a boxed set for $99.95. (The Criterion Collection).
Fame: Deluxe Musical Edition
(1980) Dir.: Alan Parker; Debbie Allen, Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean, Antonia Franceschi. Two-disc set with the full CD soundtrack. Extras: "Class Reunion" commentary featuring director Alan Parker and co-stars Lee Curreri, Laura Dean, Gene Anthony Ray and Maureen Teefy; vintage featurette: "On Location With Fame," "Fame Field Trip" visits the school that inspired the movie. (New Line).
Fame Seasons One and Two
(1982-83) Nine-disc set with 38 episodes, $39.98. Timed for the Sept. 25 theatrical release of MGM's remake of "Fame." Extras: "Fame: Then and Now" featurette. (MGM).
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood Deluxe Edition
(1988) Kane Hodder, Lar Park-Lincoln, Susan Jennifer Sullivan. Extras: Killer commentary by director John Carl Buechler, actors Lar Park Lincoln and Kane Hodder; "Jason's Destroyer: The Making of Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood"; "Mind Over Matter: The Truth About Telekinesis"; "Makeover by Maddy: Need a Little Touch-Up Work, My Ass"; "Slashed Scenes." (Paramount).
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan Deluxe Edition
(1989) Todd Caldecott, Tiffany Paulsen, Scott Reeves, Jensen Daggett, Kane Hodder. Extras: Killer commentary by actors Scott Reeves, Jensen Daggett and Kane Hodder; "New York Has a Problem: The Making of Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan"; gag reel; slashed scenes. (Paramount).
Full Battle Rattle
(2008) A revelatory look at the soul of the American war machine -- an astonishing journey inside a once top-secret military base where U.S. soldiers train to confront a new kind of enemy. In California's Mojave Desert, the U.S. Army has built a billion dollar urban warfare simulation -- a cluster of towns and villages modeled on counterparts in the Middle East, complete with full-time residents played by Iraqi-Americans. With un-restricted access, the filmmakers follow an Army Battalion through the simulation as they attempt to bring peace and prosperity to one village perched on the brink of civil war. As the mood in the village shifts from friendly banter to violent clashes, the Battalion struggles to win the respect of the townsfolk and defeat an insurgency played, ironically, by American soldiers. $24.95. (First Run Features).
The Getaway Double Feature"The Getaway" (1972), directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson, Sally Struthers, Al Lettieri, Slim Pickens. Extras: Commentary by Sam Peckinpah biographers/documentarians Nick Redman, Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle; "Virtual" commentary by Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw and Sam Peckinpah. "The Getaway"(1994)Directed by Roger Donaldson and starring Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Michael Madsen, James Woods, David Morse, Jennifer Tilly. (Warner).
Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Fifth Season
(2008-09) Seven-disc set with 23 episodes, $59.99. Extras: "In Stitches: Season Five Outtakes," "Dissecting Grey's Anatomy: Unaired Scenes," "Heaven Sent," "100th Episode: Tales from the O.R." (Disney).
Hairspray: Deluxe Music Edition
(2007) John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Elijah Kelley, Nikki Blonsky, Brittney Snow. Two-disc set with the full CD soundtrack.Extras: Commentaries, five featurettes. (New Line).
Heartland: Season 1, Part 1
(2007) Two-disc set with the first seven episodes of the sprawling Canadian television series that follows two sisters and their grandfather through the highs and lows of life on a horse ranch; $24.98. (E1 Entertainment).
The It Crowd: The Complete Season Three
Single-disc with six episodes of the series about the misadventures of Britain's geekiest, most inept information technology department support team. Airs on the IFC Channel in the states. Extras: Commentary, outtakes, bloopers, deleted scenes. (MPI Home Video).
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Season Four
(2008) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.95. Extras: "The Nightman Cometh Live!" performance, "Dennis Reynolds: An Erotic Life," blooper reel. (Fox)/
John Wayne -- John Film Ford Collection
Seven-disc set with "The Searchers" two-Disc Special Edition, "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," "Fort Apache," "Wings of Eagles," "3 Godfathers" and "They Were Expendable," plus the new-to-DVD documentary "Directed by John Ford," Peter Bogdanovich's updated 1971 documentary. $59.92. (Warner).
The Least of These
(2009) Documentary takes a penetrating look at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a former medium-security prison in Texas that re-opened in 2006 as a prototype family detention center. The facility housed immigrant children and their parents from all over the world who were awaiting asylum hearings or deportation proceedings. As information about troubling conditions at the facility began to leak out, activist attorneys sought to investigate and address the issues. Late this year President Obama announced that immigration officials would immediately stop sending families to the facility. $24.95. (IndiePix).
The Lost and Found Family
(2009) Lucas Till, Ellen Bry, Jessica Luza. Family drama. When her husband dies, Mrs. Ester Hobbes (Bry) learns that his wealth was just an illusion. Her only real inheritance is a run-down Southern home occupied by a foster family. She moves in with the intention of selling the house, but slowly she finds herself making unexpected connections with the family, including rebellious teen Justin (Till) and the rest of the unwanted kids. (Sony).
Marvel X-Men: Volume 3
Two-disc set with 15 episodes, $23.99. The X-Men are back for more nonstop thrills and excitement in Volume 3 of the definitive animated series. (Disney).
Marvel X-Men: Volume 4
Two-disc set with 14 episodes, $23.99. The X-Men are back for more nonstop thrills and excitement in Volume 4 of the definitive animated series. (Disney).
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Vol. 1
(2008) Five episodes of the Cartoon Network series for boys 6 to 14, $14.97. Extras: "Adventures in Voice Acting," "Adventures in Animation," "Misadventures in Song," more. (Warner).
The Modern Con Man Collection
(2009) America's #1 Con Man, Todd Robbins, shares his catalog of cons and playful scams. This three DVD set shows viewers how easy it is to scam, bet, and trick one's way to a free drink, a few extra bucks at the poker table, and laughs at the expense of co-workers. Everyone loves a good con and now, thanks to Robbins, everyone can get in on the action. $29.95. (First Run Features).
Monster Force: Volume One
(1994) Single-disc with seven animated episodes, $19.98. (Universal).
My Name Is Earl Season Four
(2008-09) Four-disc set with 27 episodes, $49.98. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Earl's Fan Mail" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
Mysteries of the Freemasons
(2008) History documentary reveals the untold story of the world's oldest secret society. George Washington, Paul Revere and Ben Franklin were all members. So were Mozart and Duke Ellington. The Freemasons are the world's most famous secret society, a nearly 400-year-old organization whose influence is the subject of intense debate and a favorite subject of conspiracy theorists worldwide. Extras: Bonus program "Secret Societies" that uncovers more about the Freemasons, as well as other secret societies such as the Illumniati and Skull and Bones. $19.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Next Day Air
(2009) Mike Epps, Wood Harris, Donald Faison, Omari Hardwick, Emilio Rivera, Darius McCrary, Cisco Reyes, Yasmin Deliz, Mos Def, Debbie Allen .
Extras: Commentary by the director and producer, outtakes. (Summit Entertainment).
(2005) Jason Scott Campbell, Nicole Roderick. A film student and an aspiring actress awake after a one-night stand to find a video camera pointed at their bed; the camera contains a brutal snuff movie -- starring the pair as the killers. But they have no memory of any murder and there's no indication in their room of any gruesome killings. Was there a murder or are the they going mad? (IFC Films).
(2007) Dir,: Peter Greenaway; Martin Freeman, Emily Holmes, Jodhi May, Toby Jones. An extravagant, exotic and moving look at Rembrandt's romantic and professional life, and the controversy he created by the identification of a murderer in the painting "The Night Watch." The bold and courageous painting, exceptional in aesthetics and content, is Rembrandt's most celebrated, consolidating his reputation as a master-painter but also destroying him socially and financially. (E1 Entertainment).
Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037
(2009) Follows the creation of one Steinway concert grand, #L1037, from forest floor to concert hall. Each piano's journey is complex, spanning 12 months, 12,000 parts, 450 craftsmen, and countless hours of fine-tuned labor. Filmed in key Steinway locations -- the factory in Queens, Steinway's reserved "Bank" and the rooms of private auditions -- this documentary is a loving celebration not just of craftsmanship, but of a dying breed of person who is deeply connected to working by hand. Features pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Kenny Barron, Bill Charlap, Harry Connick Jr., Helene Grimaud, Hank Jones, Lang Lang and Marcus Roberts. Extras: Performances by featured pianists, interviews with featured pianists and Henry Z. Steinway, deleted scenes. $26.95. (Docurama).
One Step Beyond: The Official First Season
(1959) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $49.99. (Paramount).
(2007 -- Columbia) Shot in real time, "PVC-1" is based on the true story of a woman who is turned into a human time bomb in a bizarre act of terrorism. Director Spiros Stathoulopoulos tells the story -- in real time and in one take -- of a poor family in rural Colombia whose world is suddenly, horribly turned upside down. A group of masked men invade the family's home and lock PVC-1 tubing filled with explosives around the wife's neck, demanding a ransom. The largely nonprofessional cast adds to the film's authentic this-is-really-happening effect. (IFC Films).
(1988) Dir.: Don Coscarelli; James LeGros, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm, Paula Irvine, Samantha Phillips.(Universal).
Primeval: Volume 2
(2008) BBC TV series. When strange anomalies in time start to appear all over England, Professor Cutter and his team have to help track down and capture all sorts of dangerous prehistoric creatures from Earth's distant past. $49.98. Extras: Commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette, "Monster Competition" featurette. (Warner).
Private Practice: The Complete Second Season
(2008-09) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.99. Extras: "Patient Confidentiality" discussion with creator-executive producer Shonda Rhimes, executive
producer Betsy Beers and actors Paul Adelstein and Amy Brenneman about the controversial issues encountered on Season 2; "Life Through the Lens: The Pictures of Chris Lowell"; extended episodes; deleted scenes; bloopers. (Disney).
The Rise and Fall of WCW
(2009) WCW grew out of a southern promotion, into a giant that battled World Wrestling Entertainment every Monday night. For the first time, the complete story of World Championship Wrestling, from Ted Turner's purchase and entry into the world of professional wrestling, through the Monday night wars, and the company's eventual collapse. Documentary plus 20 classic WCW matches including nWo, Sting, Goldberg, Ric Flair, more. Three-disc set, $34.95. (WWE Home Video).
(2009 -- Belgium/France) Latin dance and black comedy make strange bedfellows. From the Belgian directorial/performing trio of husband-and-wife Dominique Abel (L'iceberg) and Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy comes an old-fashioned silent film comedy re-worked into a modern day fairy tale and filled with memorable visual gags. Set in a rural Belgian community, Rumba opens with mild-mannered, provincial schoolteachers Dom (Abel) and Fiona (Gordon) who share a common passion -- Latin Dance. After rehearsing for weeks to win a dance contest, they capture the trophy; however, their joy is short-lived when they crash their car on the way home. But, although Fiona loses her leg and Dom loses his memory, there's nothing that can keep them off the dance floor -- not even a clumsy wooden leg or a burned-down house. Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes. (Koch Lorber).
(2008) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $44.98. Extras: Commentaries by cast and crew including Amanda Tapping, creator Damian Kindler, director Martin Wood and more; three making-of featurettes ("Welcome to the Sanctuary," "Sanctuary Residents" and "Sanctuary Visual Effects"); the original Sanctuary webisodes (which provided the inspiration for the television series); bloopers reel; behind-the-scenes photo gallery; sneak peek at Season 2.
Sherlock Holmes Double Features
Two double feature DVDs: "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1939)/"Pursuit to Algiers" (1945) and "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (1939)/"The Scarlet Claw" (1944); $19.98 each. (MPI Home Video).<
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Volume 2: Clone Commandos
(2009) Four episodes from the animated TV series, $14.98. (Warner).
The Strawberry Shortcake Movie: Sky's the Limit
(2009) New, CGI feature-length movie has Strawberry Shortcake and her friends trying to safely remove a huge boulder that a terrible storm dropped into their town, threatening everything they hold dear. $19.98. Extras: Sing-along. (Fox).
The Transformers: Season Two Volume, One 25th Anniversary Edition
Four-disc set with 28 episodes, $29.99. (Shout! Factory).
(2007 -- Hong Kong) Three friends, down on their luck and desperate for cash, are offered the chance of a lifetime by a mysterious stranger -- to steal an ancient treasure buried beneath a heavily-guarded government building in the heart of Hong Kong. When it all goes wrong the three friends must choose between their ill-gotten treasure and loyalty to each other as their lives are laid on the line. The unique film is comprised of three independently filmed and produced sections, created by Hong Kong cinema masters Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnnie To, each famous for his distinctive style. Hark begins the film with his signature frenetic energy, setting the stage for the hesit; Lam takes over with his emotional, slick camerawork to explore the characters' motivations and adds in adulterous affairs, traitorous alliances and crooked cops; To's section produces a suspenseful and at times slapstick conclusion. Despite the differing styles, the film flows seamlessly and effortlessly. A wonderful example of the Hong-Kong crime genre. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
WWE: The Best of Smackdown -- 10th Anniversary 1999-2009
(2009) Features the top 100 moments in the history of WWE"s Smackdown. Offers nine hours of the best drama, and entertainment from a network television staple of the last 10 years. Includes some of the biggest names in wrestling entertainment history, such as Undertaker, Triple H, the Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, Chris Jericho, and many more. Three-disc set, $34.95. (WWE Home Video).
WWE: Night of Champions 2009
(2009) A collection of Raw, SmackDown and ECW matches for the WWE Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, ECW Championship, Intercontinental Championship, United States Championship, Women's Championship, World Tag Team Championship and WWE Tag Team Championship; features Randy Orton vs. Triple H vs. John Cena; CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy; Michelle McColl vs. Melina, more. Single-disc set, $24.95. (WWE Home Video).
(1950) John Ford's "Wagon Master" is one of the legendary filmmaker's personal favorites, a visually stirring celebration of Western will and cooperation set to the soundtrack crooning of The Sons of the Pioneers. Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr. and Ward Bond (who would later lead TV's Wagon Train) and other familiar Ford stock company players take the reins in this paean to the pioneer spirit in which outlaws are using a Mormon wagon train as a hideout from a pursuing posse. Extras: Commentary by Harry Carey Jr. and Peter Bogdanovich with John Ford. (Warner).
Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death
(2008) First half hour Wallace & Gromit adventure since 2005. The hilarious duo is back, brought to life through seamless stop-motion animation and brilliant storytelling from Oscar-winner Nick Park. Wallace and Gromit have opened a new bakery business -- Top Bun -- but a deadly murderer is targeting all the bakers in town. Wallace couldn't care -- he's found true love in the shape of Piella Bakewell, former star of the Bake-O-Lite bread commercials. Can Gromit discover the identity of the Cereal Killer before Wallace becomes the next victim? Extras: "How They Donut" making-of featurette, commentary by director Nick Park and editor David McCormick, "Wallace & Gromit Grand Adventure" video game demo. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Collection
All four Wallace & Gromit outings: "The Wrong Trousers," "A Close Shave," "A Grand Day Out" and their latest title, "A Matter of Loaf and Death." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
White Night Wedding
(2008 -- Iceland) Hilmir Snaer Gudnasson, Laufey Eliasdottir. Adaptation of Anton Chekhov's drama of marital discord, "Ivanov." Iceland's official entry for 2009 best foreign-language film. A middle-aged professor, Jon, is preparing to marry an ex-student half his age. But not everyone thinks this "blessed union" is a good idea, among them the parents of his future wife, Thora. For one thing, Jon's first wife committed suicide and he remains racked with guilt. For another, Thora's parents run the only store, hotel and bar on the island of Flatey where the wedding is to take place, and Jon owes his future mother-in-law money. Even the reverend who is to conduct the ceremony thinks the marriage is doomed. As the guests flock to Flatey, the groom begins to get cold feet. Can love survive one final night under the midnight sun? (IFC Films).
The Wolf Man Special Edition
(1941) Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, Warren William, Ralph Bellamy, Patric Knowles, Bela Lugosi, Maria Ouspenskaya. Two-disc set. Extras: "Monster by Moonlight,: commentary, "The Wolf Man Archives," production notes, cast and filmmakers. (Universal Legacy Series)
The Wonder of It All
(2009) Documentary commemorates the 40th anniversary of humankind's first step on the moon. Astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Eugene Cernan, Charlie Duke, Edgar Mitchell, Harrison Schmitt and John Young reflect on their lives with NASA footage and rarely seen private family photos. Film looks at their childhoods, their training, the tragedies, the camaraderie and the extraordinary accomplishment of setting foot on another world. (Indican Pictures).
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
(2009) Hugh Jackman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, will.i.am, Dominic Monaghan, Daniel Henney. Available as a single-disc DVD, two-disc Special Edition DVD and two-disc Blu-ray Disc.Extras: Commentary by director Gavin Hood; commentary by producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter; "The Roots of Wolverine: A Conversation with X-Men Creators Stan Lee and Len Wein"; "Wolverine Unleashed: The Complete Origins" featurette; deleted and alternate scenes; digital copy; more. (Fox). Back to top
(2008) Chris Jericho, Tammin Sursok, Richard Christy. Four college students have a run-in with in-bred misfits while exploring an Ozark Mountain town. Extras: Commentary, behind-the-scenes footage. (MTI Home Video).
Battle for Terra
(2009) Voices of Evan Rachel Wood, Brian Cox, Luke Wilson, David Cross, Justin Long, Amanda Peet, Dennis Quaid, Chris Evans, James Garner, Rosanna Arquette, Chad Allen, Danny Glover. Extras:Also available on Blu-ray Disc.
(2009) An expose that sheds light on corporate America and the mammoth beer corporations Anheuser-Bush and MillerCoors. Filmmaker Anat Baron was the former general manager of Mike's Hard Lemonade, where she brought the little entrepreneurial company up to $200 million dollars in annual sales. She's an expert and industry insider who had continually seen independent brewers being swallowed up and silenced by corporate beer giants, Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors. Baron leveraged her experience to expose the inner workings of the male-dominated beer industry in her smart and thought provoking documentary film. More information. (Ducks in a Row Entertainment Corp.).
Brotherhood: The Final Season
(2008) Two-disc set with eight episodes, $42.99. (Paramount).
Castle: The Complete First Season
(2009) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.99. (Disney).
(2003 -- TV) Ellen Page, Shirley Knight, Michael Ontkean. A father and his daughter get more than they bargained for when they buy an old house that was formerly inhabited by the nice old Mrs. Ashboro and her pet cat, Margaret. When strange things start happening in the house, all fingers point to the presence of Margaret, who died the same day as Mrs. Ashboro. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (North American Motion Pictures).
Ghost Whisperer: The Fourth Season
(2008-09) Five-disc set with 23 episodes, $63.98. (Paramount).
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
(2009) Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Breckin Meyer, Lacey Chabert, Anne Archer, Amanda Walsh, Emma Stone, Michael Douglas, Robert Forster, Noureen DeWulf, Christa B. Allen. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.Blu-ray Extras: "Recreating the Past, Imagining the Future" featurette, "It's All About Connor" featurette, "The Legends, the Lessons and the Ladies" featurette, additional scenes. (Warner).
Gigantor: The Collection -- Volume 2
(1967) Four-disc set with the final 26 episodes of the animated series, $39.98. Extras: Commentaries on select episodes with director-producer-writer Fred Ladd; featurette about creator Mitsuteru Yokoyama; digital issues 7-12 of the Gigantor comic book series from Ben Dunn and Antarctic Press, published in 2000; 16-page collectible booklet with a brief history of the series, episode summaries as well as rare archival press materials and photos. (E1 Entertainment).
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto
(2008) Voices of Tom Papa, Sheri Moon Zombie, Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Daniel Roebuck, Harland Williams, Cassandra Peterson, Clint Howard, Dee Wallace, Rob Paulsen, Tura Satana, Danny Trejo. First full-length animated feature from director/writer Rob Zombie; features undead Nazis, horny robots and strippers; for adults only. Twisted tale of El Superbeasto, a former world class masked wrestler with super human strength, who now finds himself as the very ordinary producer/director/star of BeastoWorld Enterprises. But when he can, Beasto spends time fighting evil along with his super-sexy sister, Suzi X, in the spooky Monsterland. Beasto faces his biggest battle when he struggles to stop the unholy marriage of foul-mouthed stripper Velvet Von Black and the diabolical Dr. Satan. $19.97. Extras: Animatics, deleted scenes and shots, alternate scenes. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Jonas: Rockin' the House
(2009) Five episodes from the latest hit Disney Channel Original Series. Extras: Two bonus episodes, "You've Been Jo Bro'd -- Surprising Chelsea Staub" featurette. (Disney).
Kings: The Complete Series
(2009) Three-disc set, $59.98. (Universal).
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit -- The Tenth Year
(2008-09) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.98. (Universal).
Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup?
(2009) Documentary looks at some of the conspiracy theories surrounding the tragic events of the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001. Narrated by Daniel Sunjata of FX's "Rescue Me," the film first examines mysterious and infamous events that reshaped world history, from the Reichstag Fire in 1933 that catapulted Hitler to dictatorship to the Gulf of Tonkin Incident in 1964 that led to the Vietnam War, then taking viewers into the most significant catastrophe in recent memory, 9/11. $17.99. Extras: Extra interviews, 12-page booklet. (Microcinema DVD).
Mail Order Bride
(2009) Daphne Zuniga, Greg Eviga, Cameron Bancroft. The West gets a little wilder when beautiful con-woman Daphne Zuniga flees her big-city trouble by making a run out west, impersonating a mail order bride in this Hallmark Channel original movie. (E1 Entertainment).
The Mentalist: The Complete First Season
(2008-09) Six-disc set with 23 episodes, $59.98. Extras: "Evidence of a Hit Series" interviews with the creators, directors and cast; "Cracking the Crystal Ball: Mentalist vs. Psychic"; "Persons of Interest: The Cast of The Mentalist"; "Surveillance Video: Gag Reel." (Warner).
(2000) Eric Roberts, Lawrence Taylor, Cynthia Watros, David A. R. White. In the midst of deception, crime and immorality, two brothers must learn the power of faith and the freedom of forgiveness: John chose a path of crime, Jeremiah chose the way of faith, but now a deadly double-cross forces the two brothers to live each other's lives. Extras: Commentary with director Jon Gunn and producer-actor David A.R. White, "The Making of Mercy Streets" featurette, deleted scenes. (Sony).
Mr. Men: Mr. Tickle Presents: Tickle Time Around! and Mr. Men: Little Miss Sunshine Presents: Fun in the Sun!
Two DVDs each with six humorous shows, grouped by similar themes plus toe-tapping songs and bonus features designed to give kids interactive experiences with their favorite characters from the Cartoon Network series "The Mr. Men Show," $16.97 each. (Sony).
Mitch Fatel Is Magical
(2009) Comedy Central one-hour special, $16.99. (Paramount).
(2001 -- French) Released for the first time in the U.S. as part of the Jean-Jacques Beineix Collection. Overwhelmed psychoanalyst Michel (Jean-Hugues Anglade) falls asleep while listening to sado-masochist kleptomaniac patient Olga (Helene de Fourgerolles) and awakens to find her strangled. Panicking, he decides to get rid of her body himself so that he won't be saddled with her murder. Complications erupt when Olga's rich husband (Yves Renier) comes looking for stolen money and Michel's other neurotic patients clamor for attention. Director Beineix keeps a mesmerizing balance on a tightrope between poisonously dark comedy and psychological thriller. Extras: Photo gallery, interview with Beineix. (Cinema Libre Studio).
Observe and Report
(2009) Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Michael Pena, Ray Liotta, Jesse Plemons.
Extras: "Basically Training" with Seth Rogan, "Seth Rogan Wants You" goofy mall cop recruitment video, commentary, outtakes, additional scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
(2008) Bard Owe. Quirky indie outing about a train engineer forced to retire after 40 years on the job. Odd Horton's orderly, solitary existence is about to give way to a future of unlikely adventures and puzzling dilemmas: will Horten ever travel by plane? Will he finally sell his prized boat? How does Horten end up in a pair of women's red high-heeled shoes? Extras: Interview with director Bent Hamer and composer John Erik Kaada. (Sony).
The Paul Newman Tribute Collection
Seventeen-disc set with 13 of Newman's films including two-disc Special Collector's Editions of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (celebrating its 40th anniversary), The "Hustler," "The Verdict" and "The Towering Inferno," as well as nine other films ranging throughout Newman's historic career ("The Long, Hot Summer," "Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!" "From the Terrace," "Exodus," "Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man," "What a Way to Go!" "Hombre," "Buffalo Bill and the Indians Or Sitting Bull's History Lesson" and "Quintet").
Extras: Exclusive 136 page soft-bound book filled with a stunning array of photos, some of which have never been seen before, of the Hollywood icon on the set with his fellow cast and crew, excerpts from each film, and personal quotes from Newman himself. $89.98. (Fox).
(2009) Chris Klein, Fred Durst, Jake Busey, Sasha Alexander. A former TV action hero runs afoul of drug dealers and a covered-up murder while in a small Nevada town, inspiring him to round up his old co-stars to save the terrorized townspeople. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
Road to Victory
(2008) Mike Reilly, Julia Anderson. An unconventional love story that looks behind the sensationalized media headlines over steroid abuse sports, examining the human elements that drive athletes to succeed, and the price they may pay for their choices. A college football player dealing with injuries falls for a stripper, and when he's unable to perform sexually, the relationship is derailed, oscillating between the tender and the cruel. When his on-field performance also begins to decline, his draft status is at stake. (Vanguard Cinema).
Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins
(2009) The untold story of how Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma joined forces for the first time in an all-new live-action/CGI movie. Directed by Brian Levant, the film follows the Mystery Inc. gang, a mismatched quartet of unlikely teenage pals, uniting for the first time to solve the haunting of their high school. The live-action cast features Robbie Amell, Kate Melton, Hayley Kiyoko, Nick Palatas, and Frank Welker as the voice of Scooby-Doo. Extras: "Coolsville Yearbook," "Velma, Daphne, Fred or Shaggy? Personality Quiz," "Character Pop-Up Factoid Track," behind-the-scenes, shout-outs and out-takes. Available on DVD and Blu-Ray Hi-Def Combo Pack (with the DVD and a digital copy). (Warner).
(2000) Farrah Fawcett, Brad Johnson. A headstrong, wild, irresponsible middle-aged woman (Farrah Fawcett) returns to her home town of Silk Hope, only to find that her mother has recently died and that her sister has decided to sell the family house and divide the profits. This cold dose of reality sets her on a new course: Her goal is to save the remnants of her family life, but surprisingly, her quest leads to love and the unlocking of a family secret. A CBS TV movie. (Vanguard Cinema).
Six: The Mark Unleashed
(2004) Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Roberts, Stephen Baldwin. Sci-fi thriller about the last days on Earth before Armageddon. Extras: Commentary with director Kevin Downes, "The Making of Six: The Mark Unleashed" featurette, deleted scenes, blooper reel. (Sony).
Soundstage Presents: Ringo Starr and the Roundheads
(2005) Fourteen-song set recorded in High-Definition with pristine 5.1 Surround Sound for the acclaimed PBS music series "Soundstage"; $19.98. (E1 Entertainment).
The Southern Belles of Comedy
(2008) Comedian Brett Butler is back and she's bringing The Southern Belles of Comedy with her. Since her show "Grace Under Fire" ended, Butler has been all over the country performing and now has a different and ever more hilarious perspective to share with her fans. Butler is also setting the stage for up-and-coming comedians, bringing on the road four southern, sexy, strong-minded and simply irresistible performers: Trish Suhr, Lisa Landry, Pat Brown and Sarah Tiana. (Vanguard Cinema).
SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes
Fourteen-disc set, $99.99. Extras: Limited edition etched Plexiglas case, limited edition 3D lenticular, "Square Roots: The Story of SpongeBob SquarePants," commentary, "Life Lessons from Bikini Bottom," "Help Wanted: The Seven Seas Edition," "Kick-Wham-Pow-Bob" music video. (Nick/Paramount).
Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection DVD
Seven-disc collection with "Star Trek," "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock," "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country." Also includes a bonus disc entitled "Star Trek: The Captains' Summit" that features a 70-minute round table discussion hosted by Whoopi Goldberg in which William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes share candid moments and intimate details about life on the set. $59.99. (Paramount).
Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection Blu-ray & DVD
Five-disc set with "Star Trek: Generations," "Star Trek: First Contact," "Star Trek: Insurrection," "Star Trek: Nemesis" and "Star Trek Evolutions" bonus disc with "The Evolution of the Enterprise," "Villains of Star Trek," "I Love the Star Trek Movies," "Farewell to Star Trek: The Experience," "Klingon Encounter," "Borg Invasion 4D" and "Charting the Final Frontier." $39.99 DVD and $69.99 Blu-ray. (Paramount).
Star Trek: The Original Series Season Two Blu-ray
Seven-disc set with 27 episodes, $79.99. Extras: New seamless branching that allows fans to toggle between newly remastered versions with enhanced special effects or the episodes as they were originally broadcast. The Blu-ray collection also includes hours of featurettes, interactive bonus features and new clips via BD-Live. (Paramount).
Tall Tales & Legends
(1985-87) Three-disc set with all the episodes of the children's television anthology conceived by actress-producer Shelley Duvall; $24.98. Episodes: "Annie Oakley" starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Brian Dennehy and Cliff DeYoung; "Davy Crockett" with Mac Davis, McLean Stevenson and Michael McKean; "My Darlin' Clementine" starring Shelley Duvall, Ed Asner, David Dukes and Michael Richards; "Casey at the Bat" with Elliot Gould and Carol Kane; "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" starring Ed Begley Jr., Beverly D'Angelo and Charles Durning; "Pecos Bill" Steve Guttenberg, Rebecca De Mornay and Martin Mull; "Johnny Appleseed" with Martin Short, Molly Ringwald, Rob Reiner and Michael McKean; "Ponce de Leon and the Search for the Fountain of Youth" starring Michael York, Paul Rodriguez and Sally Kellerman; and "John Henry" with Danny Glover, Lynn Whitfield and Tom Hulce. (E1 Entertainment).
Taxi: The Fourth Season
(1981-82) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $39.98. (Paramount).
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles –The Complete Second Season
(2008-09) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.98. Extras: "The Continuing Chronicles featurette, "Write the Future" featurette, visual effects featurette, "Blood and Metal" makeup effects featurette, "Designing Destruction" production design featurette, "Choreographing Chaos" stunt featurette, "War Stories" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Setting the Tempo" music featurette, "Motivations" featurette, "Terminated Scenes," "Cameron vs. Rosie: Fight Rehearsal," "The Storyboard Process: Cameron Goes Bad," commentary by Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau and Shirley Manson and executive producers Josh Friedman, James Middleton and John Wirth, gag reel. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
30 Rock: Season 3
(2008-09) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $49.98. (Universal).
Ugly Betty: The Complete Third Season
(2008-09) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $59.99. (Disney).
Wizards on Deck With Hannah Montana
(2009) The casts of Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place," "The Suite Life on Deck" and "Hannah Montana" come together for one zany teen cruise on the S.S. Tipton. Extras: "Justin's Award-Winning Essay," "It's A Suite Life Having Fun With Hannah & The Wizards" bloopers and backstage interviews. (Disney).
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Away We Go
(2009) Dir.: Sam Mendes; Stars: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney, Jeff Daniels, Catherine O'Hara, Jim Gaffigan, Carmen Ejogo, Josh Hamilton, Chris Messina, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Schneider. Extras: Commentary by director Sam Mendes and writers Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, "The Making of Away We Go," "Green Filmmaking" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
Ax Men: The Complete Season Two
(2009) Four-disc set, $39.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Baby Einstein: World Animal Adventure
(2009) Parents and their babies can explore lush jungles, frozen tundras and golden plains to discover the joys of animals through real-world images, art and iconography from cultures around the world. Features two customized ways to experience the DVD: a "Grow With Me" feature offers a second viewing mode with additional words for parents to use with their babies; a "Select-a-Segment" option gives parents the choice of viewing shorter segements of the DVD. $19.99. (Disney).
Baseball's Greatest Legends: Diamond Memories
Documentary series highlights the most beloved players and moments of America's favorite pastime, featuring such legends as Mickey Mantle, Tommy Lasorda, Derek Jeter, Yogi Berra and many more. Narrated by Warren Schaefer. $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Cagney & Lacey: The Menopause Years
Four-disc compilation of Cagney & Lacey TV movies that followed the TV series' conclusion: "Cagney & Lacey: The Return" (November 1994), "Cagney & Lacey: Together Again" (May 2, 1995), "Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling" (October 25, 1995) and "Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions" (January 29, 1996). Extras: Interviews with Sharon Gless, Tyne Daly, producer Barney Rosenzweig and writer Barbara Corday. $39.95 for the set, "Cagney & Lacey: The Return" is available separately for $12.95. (S'More Entertainment).
Cobra: The Complete Series
(1993-94) Four-disc set with all 22 of the Stephen J. Cannell series episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
CSI: NY: The Fifth Season
(2008-09) Six-disc set with 25 episodes, $71.41. (Paramount).
Daybreak: The Complete Series
(2006-07) Two-disc set with all 13 episodes, $14.98. Extras: Final, unaired episode. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Disney Animation Collection Volume 7:
Mickey's Christmas Carol
(1983) Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other Disney favorite characters come together in this delightfully charming adaptation of the classic holiday tale. Bonus shorts: "Pluto's Christmas Tree," "The Small One," "Santa's Workshop." $24.99. (Disney).
(2008) Jamie Anne Allman, William Lee Scott, Steven Webber, Kelly Hu. A young couple leave their old life and horrifying secrets behind in search of a fresh start. But when a near-fatal car accident leaves them stranded in the middle of nowhere, they turn to a mysterious farm couple for shelter. And that's when the real trouble starts. (Monarch Home Video).
(2007 -- Spain) Lluis Homar, Alejo Sauras, Elena Ballesteros, Santi Millan, Federico Luppi. Four famed mathematicians, all strangers, are invited to the remote home of a mysterious man known only as Fermat. Once at the house, they're locked in a room and given a series of logic puzzles that must each be solved within one minute. For each late answer, hydraulic presses push the walls closer together, forcing the quartet to race the clock before they're crushed to death. (IFC Films).
Filth and Wisdom
(2008) Three disparate and increasingly desperate roommates in a London flat struggle to make ends meet while also trying to achieve their dreams. Directed by Madonna and starring Eugene Hutz of the acclaimed Gypsy punk group Gogol Bordello. (IFC Films).
Foyle's War From Dunkirk to VE Day (Sets 1-5)
Nineteen-disc set of the acclaimed WWII British detective series starring Michael Kitchen; aired on PBS. $149.99. (Acorn Media).
Guns on the Clackamas
(1995) Cartoonist Bill Plympton's second live-action feature, a behind-the-scenes look at an imaginary disastrous Western. A notable documentary filmmaker is trying to make a behind-the-scenes movie about the making of the Western "Guns on the Clackamas." But everything is going wrong and when cast members start dropping like flies due to accidents on the set and some really bad catering, the filmmakers must resort to solutions that are startling and hilarious. Plympton said the idea came from the 1937 movie "Saratoga," in which star Jean Harlow died during the filming and a stand-in was used to finish: Every time Harlow was in a scene, a box or something blocked the view. (Microcinema International).
Haunted Histories Megaset
Twenty-disc set featuring in-depth profiles of the world's scariest stories and locales; $79.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: The Complete Series
(2002-04) Four-disc set with 39 episodes, $24.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Origins
(2002) First 10 episodes from the series, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
The Hills Run Red
(2009) Sophie Monk, Tad Hilgenbrink, Janet Montgomery, William Sadler. Blood, torture, and suspense abound in this thriller about young fright fans who search for the secret location where a mythical cult movie -- starring a killer in a babydoll mask -- was shot, hoping to find the film. What they find is that the mysterious slasher flick is more than a movie: It's real and they're its newest stars. Extras: Commentary by director Dave Parker, writer David J. Schow and producer Robert Meyer Burnett, "It's Not Real Until You Shoot It: The Making of The Hills Run Red" featurette. (Warner Premiere).
How I Met Your Mother Season Four
(2008) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $49.99. Extras: Commentaries, gag reel, "Barney Stinson: That Guy's Awesome" music video, "Eriksen's Fight Club." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
In a Dream
(2008) Documentary about Isaiah Zagar, a locally-known muralist based in Philadelphia, by his son, Jeremiah. In the vibrant, bohemian neighborhood of South Philadelphia, 50,000-square feet of concrete are covered with tile and mirrors -- mosaics that were created by Isaiah Zagar, an eccentric, tormented artist. The murals chronicle his love for his wife, Julia, and subtly hint at the darker corners of an extraordinary imagination. But suddenly the family is torn apart at the seams; a few hours before picking up his oldest son from rehab, Isaiah confesses to an affair with his assistant, is kicked out of the house, and spirals into a debilitating, suicidal depression. $24.95. Extras: Commentaries, deleted scenes. (IndiePix).
Life on Mars: The Complete Series
(2006-07) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $39.99. Extras: "To Mars and Back" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Sunrise to Sunset With Jason O'Mara," "Flashback: Lee Majors Goes to Mars," bloopers, deleteed scenes. (Disney).
Spanning the African continent from barren plains to lush jungles, "Lions" features four kid-friendly programs from Animal Planet: "A Lion Called Christian," "The Lion's Share," "White Lions" and "Rogue Lions." $14.95. (Animal Planet/Genius Products).
Man Stroke Woman: The Complete Series
(2005-07) Two-disc set with all 12 episodes from Seasons 1 and 2 of the BBC sketch comedy series, $29.98. Extras: Commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette. (MPI Home Video).
Manson 40 Years Later
(2008) Feature-length History Channel docudrama takes viewers deep inside the Aug. 9 and 10, 1969, Tate-Labianca Murders and Charles Manson's twisted world of hate, fear and mind control to tell the story of how one man transformed a harmless group of hippies into a gang of brutal murderers; $19.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Midsomer Murders, Set 13
(2006-07) Four-disc set with four feature-length mysteries that combine quirky characters and surprising mysteries with postcard-perfect English village settings and the ever-charming John Nettles as the steady, unfailingly decent Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby. These episodes have yet to be broadcast in the U.S. $49.99. (Acorn Media).
Monsters vs. Aliens
(2008) Voices of Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Kiefer Sutherland, Paul Rudd. Available as The Ginormous Double DVD Pack and Blu-ray two-disc sets with the debut of "B.O.B.'s Big Break," an new 3-D adventure starring everyone's favorite gelatinous hero and featuring the voice talents of Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett and Kiefer Sutherland. Each Ginormous set comes with four 3-D glasses. Extras: "Modern Monster Movie Making," three deleted scenes, DWA Music Video Juke Box, filmmaker commentary, "The Tech of Monsters vs. Aliens," "Top Secret Sneak Peek Files" (How To Train Your Dragon, Shrek The Musical, Kung Fu Panda World, The Penguins of Madagascar, Shrek The Halls, Secrets of the Furious Five), Monsters vs. Aliens Activision game trailer, Karaoke Music Party, Paddle Ball game in Monster 3D, DVD-ROM extras. (DreamWorks Animation).
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
(2008) Extended edtion includes never-before-seen footage of this made-for-television holiday special. Guest stars include Whoopi Goldberg, Uma Thurman, Jane Krakowski, Petra Nemcova. $19.99. Extras: "Glad All Over " music video, "The Muppets Stocking Stuffer Smorgasbord," deleted scenes. (Disney).
Outlaws & Gunslingers
Five-part documentary takes a look at the Old West, stripping away myth and legend and revealing the truth behind Billy the Kid, Jesse James, The Sundance Kid and many more. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
The Patty Duke Show: Season One
(1963-64) Six-disc set with 26 episodes, $37.98. (Shout! Factory).
The Real Story Part 1
(2009) A revealing look at the country's most notorious and malevolent locations, breaking myths and challenging conventional wisdom: Episodes include "Escape From Alcatraz" and "The Amityville Horror"; $14.98. (Smithsonian Networks/Infinity Entertainment).
Rock of Ages: An Unauthorized Story on the Rolling Stones
(2009) Documentary charts the band's nearly 50-year history, $14.98. Extras: Bill Wyman exhibition, talking tour, "Mick Jagger Goes Solo," "Shine a Light" documentary, more. (Infinity Entertainment).
Sam Kinison: Wild Child
Two-disc set with four Sam Kinison cable TV specials, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
(2009) A searing exploration into the dark, unseen world of government secrecy. Through revealing interviews with characters ranging from former CIA agents to everyday citizens who've been affected by the government's most closely guarded programs, "Secrecy" attempts to understand what degree of openness and transparency a democracy demands. Combining animation, installations, a mesmerizing score, and riveting interviews, this acclaimed film sheds light through the dark corridors of government classification. $26.95. Extras: Commentary by the Filmmakers, interview outtakes, extended sequences, extracted stories, filmmaker biographies. (Docurama).
Secret Policeman's Balls: The Secret Policeman Rocks!
(2009) Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the first Amnesty International Secret Policeman's benefit concert. Amnesty asked Secret Policeman's Ball co-creator/producer Martin Lewis to compile an anniversary special with some of the finest rock performances given for Amnesty over the years. Included here are performances by Sting, Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Phil Collins, Kate Bush, Mark Knopfler & Chet Atkins, David Gilmour, Dave Stewart, Bob Geldof, Peter Gabriel, and The Secret Police. Extras: "The Secret Policeman's Private Files," a new, specially-created 80-minute bonus feature that includes rare archival. $14.98. (Shout! Factory).
Sense and Sensibility
(1971) Sheila Ballantine, Joanna David, Michael Aldridge, Patricia Routledge. Classic BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's immensely popular novel. New to DVD. (Warner).
(2009) Kevin Spacey, Saffron Burrows, Dallas Roberts, Mark Webber, Keke Palmer. A top celebrity psychiatrist in Los Angeles with an A-list clientele, including a famous actress, a wildly insecure young writer and an obsessive-compulsive super-agent must come to grips with his own demons, eventually taking on a "pro bono" case, a beautiful but troubled teenage girl. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary by director Jonas Pate and producer Braxton Pope, interviews with Pate and Pope, Jackson Browne music video "Here." (Lionsgate).
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
(2009) Sixth entry in the popular series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies. United States President Lex Luthor uses the oncoming trajectory of a Kryptonite asteroid to frame Superman and declare a $1 billion bounty on the heads of the Man of Steel and his "partner in crime," Batman. Heroes and villains alike launch a relentless pursuit of Superman and Batman, who must unite -- and recruit help -- to stop the asteroid and foil Luthor's plan. Available as a single-disc DVD, a two-disc DVD special edition and Blu-ray Disc.
Extras: "The Blackest Night" DC Comics event featurette, "A Test of Minds" Superman and Batman featurette, "Dinner With DC" featurette, extended sneak peak at next DCU film, digital copy download. (Warner).
Traffik Remastered 20th Anniversary Edition
(1989) Remastered edition of the universally acclaimed six-part British miniseries that inspired Steven Soderbergh's Oscar-winning film "Traffic." Seen on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre in 1990, the miniseries stars Bill Paterson, Lindsay Duncan and Julia Ormond. Two-volume set, $39.99. (Acorn Media).
Ultraman: The Complete Series
(1966-67) Four-disc set with all 39 episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Uncross the Stars
(2008) Daniel Gillies, Barbara Hershey, Ron Perlman, Bitsie Tulloch. After his wife dies, a young man journeys to his aunt's house to build her a porch, meeting up with a bawdy, wise-cracking group of elderly women who guide him through the lessons he needs to grieve and find peace. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
The Unit Season Four
(2008-09) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $69.99. Extras: "Into Hell: A Brotherhood Divided" featurette, "Shadow Riders: A Western Come Undone" featurette, "Snake Doctor: A Leader Among Us" featurette, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
The Unit Complete Giftset
Nineteen-disc set, $199.98. Extras: Featurettes, commentary, deleted scenes. (Fox).
A Very Brave Witch ... and More Great Halloween Stories for Kids
(2009) In the title story, narrated by Elle Fanning, a little witch decides she'd finally like to see what Halloween is all about, even though she's deathly afraid of humans. As soon as she makes a new friend, she discovers how much fun trick-or-treating with humans can be. Includes seven other beautifully narrated and animated tales: "By the Light of the Halloween Moon," "A Dark, Dark Tale," "Georgie," "The Witch in the Cherry Tree," "The Three-Legged Cat," "The Three Robbers" and "Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain." $14.95. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
The Wiggles Big Big Show!
(2009) The Wiggles (currently the No. 1 program in its time slot on the Disney Channel) sing 25 new songs from their hometown of Sydney, Australia for the pre-school bunch, $14.98. (Warner).
Winnie The Pooh: Seasons of Giving
10th Anniversary Edition
(1999) Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Rabbit go on a brave quest to find a favorite season they have seemed to miss -- winter -- searching for the perfect ingredients to creative a festive Thanksgiving feast and share in the warm glow of Christmas. $29.99. Extras: Two "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" episodes. (Disney).
The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition
(1939) Directed by Victor Fleming, produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Ray Bolger appeared as the Scarecrow; Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman, Frank Morgan was seen in six different roles, including that of the "wonderful Wizard" himself. Dorothy was portrayed by a 4-foot 11-inch 16-year-old girl who quickly earned her reputation as "the world's greatest entertainer" -- the incomparable Judy Garland. And don't forget the witches: Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton. Housed in numbered collectible packaging; available for a limited time only for $69.92 (DVD) and $84.99 (Blu-ray). Includes 16 Hours of enhanced content, four of which are brand new; includes new documentaries, featurettes, a sing-along track and collectibles. Also available as a Special Edition two-disc set for $21.95. The film has been entirely remastered, with each of the original Technicolor camera negatives scanned using 8K resolution. From this scan, a final "capture" master was created in 4K, yielding twice the resolution seen in the master utilized for the film's previous DVD release.
Special Edition extras: Commentary by John Fricke with Barbara Freed-Saltzman (daughter of Arthur Freed), Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, John Lahr (son of Bert Lahr), Jane Lahr (daughter of Bert Lahr), Hamilton Meserve (son of Margaret Hamilton), Dona Massin (MGM choreographer), William Tuttle (make-up artist), Buddy Ebsen, Mervyn LeRoy, and Jerry Maren; "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Storybook"; "Prettier Than Ever: The Restoration of Oz"; "We Haven't Really Met Properly"; music and effects track; original mono track; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic (1990 TV special); "Memories of Oz" (2001 TCM documentary); "The Art of Imagination: A Tribute to Oz"; "Because of the Wonderful Things it Does: The Legacy of Oz"; Harold Arlen's home movies; outtakes and deleted scenes; "It's a Twister! It's a Twister!" the tornado tests; "Off to See the Wizard"; three vault shorts; audio jukebox selection: "Leo Is on the Air" radio promo, "Good News of 1939" radio show; 2/25/1950 Lux Radio Theater broadcast; still galleries; six theatrical trailers.
70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition extras add: "The Dreamer of Oz" makes its long-awaited home video debut (also remastered). This full-length motion picture was an NBC-TV special in 1990, telling the back story of author L. Frank Baum, "the Royal Historian of Oz." Stars John Ritter, Annette O'Toole and Rue McClanahan; "Victor Fleming, Master Craftsman" new feature-length documentary produced specifically for this release; "Hollywood Celebrates It's Biggest Little Stars" new featurette stars seven of the original "Munchkins of Oz" and tells the saga of the long journey, culminating in them receiving their own 2007 Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; "The Magic Cloak of Oz": The first release of the complete 1914 silent film, including lost footage never before included in a home video presentation of this feature (produced by Baum himself); "The Patchwork Girl of Oz": Another 1914 Baum-produced, feature-length silent film, new to Warner Home Video; "The Wizard of Oz Sing-Along Track"; "L. Frank Baum: The Man Behind the Curtain"; "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (1910); "The Wizard of Oz" (1933); "The Wizard of Oz" (1925 feature); "His Majesty, The Scarecrow of Oz"; digital copy.
In addition, the Ultimate sets include: Reproductions of Archival Material: Renderings of the original 1939 Oz campaign, exploitation, and press books. These materials constitute a Hollywood "holy grail" for Oz, Garland, and motion picture fans alike and, for decades, have been among the most sought-after and impossible-to-find collectibles; "Behind the Curtain," a 52-page miniature coffee-table book, assembled by pre-eminent Oz historian John Fricke. Encompassing much previously unpublished material, the deluxe volume includes behind-the-scenes Oz photographs, studio memos, and script pages for abandoned scenes and musical numbers; exclusive "Wizard of Oz Watch," a collectible and numbered 70th Anniversary watch, incorporating art from the film and enhanced with genuine crystals. Check out the 70th Anniversary Wizard of Oz website.(Warner).
The World According to Miley Cyrus: An Unauthorized Story
(2009) Biography of the television and movie teen idol, $14.98. (Infinity Entertainment).
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